China changes track on Kashmir issue, says Pakistan should resolve issue bilaterally


New Delhi: Softening its stance over India’s historic decision to abrogate Article 370, China called for dialogue as the only way forward for New Delhi and Islamabad in the Kashmir issue.

It further said that dialogue serves the common interests of both India and Pakistan and represents the shared expectation of regional countries and the international community.

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The statement comes days ahead of Chinese President Xi Jinping’s scheduled visit to India for an informal summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan, who is in Beijing for his three-day visit, will raise the issue of Kashmir with the Chinese leadership.

At Pakistan’s behest, ‘iron brother’ China pushed for a closed-door meeting at the UNSC for discussion over the Kashmir issue to protest decisions taken by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led BJP government.

However, India has made it clear that the reorganisation of Jammu and Kashmir will have no impact on China and Syed Akbaruddin, India’s permanent representative to the UN, told Pakistan to accept the reality and stop interfering in the internal affairs of India.

After stripping J&K of Article 370, thereby ending its special status, the Centre brought Jammu and Kashmir Reorganisation Act, 2019 in Parliament, announcing its decision to bifurcate the state and making it and Ladakh as Union Territories. Both the UTs will come into existence on October 31, the birth anniversary of Iron Man of India Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel.